Christmas is NOT magical

(Be sure to read the whole way down.  Lots of pictures here.)

I went to Midnight Mass last night at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Cheyenne.  It’s our home parish, and I don’t normally go to this Mass on Christmas as it is just too late, and I am too old. But this night was different, as I wanted to capture the images of Christmas Mass and share them with you.

Angel

The Cathedral was all dressed up for Christmas, a true miracle of light in the midst of the darkness.  As I wandered around before Mass, I found lots of small spaces that contained great surprises. HP9A0314-2 HP9A0308-2 HP9A0306-2 HP9A0462-2 HP9A0428-2

Angels were everywhere!  But what else would expect on a night like this.

 Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields
and keeping the night watch over their flock.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were struck with great fear.
The angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid;
for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David
a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you:
you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes
and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel,
praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

All dressed up

All dressed up

Raising our prayers to heaven

Raising our prayers to heaven

It has become cliche to describe Christmas as magical.  That would be so very, very wrong, though, as magic has nothing to do with it.

The birth of Jesus was real.

Magic is illusion.

Jesus is truly the son of God, consubstantial with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Magic implies fooling people.

Christmas is telling the truth.

Magic is performed for our entertainment.

Christmas is given to us for our salvation.

Magic is an empty promise, shallow trickery.

Christmas is the fulfillment of a promise.

Merry Christmas.  May God bless us all.

 

 

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